Colin M. Orians

Colin M. Orians

Robinson Hall, Room 364
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA


Agroecology, climate change, climate mitigation, plant-herbivore interactions

Research Interests

Graduate Research Area within the Department of Biology at Tufts: Ecology and Global Change Biology

I am interested in Global Change Biology, with particular emphasis on climate change, species invasion, and sustainability of natural and agricultural ecosystems. As a research group, we currently work in diverse agroecosystems – tea in China, coffee in Costa Rica, and vegetables and grains in Massachusetts – as well as in old fields, hemlock forests and urban green roofs. For example, we are studying the effects of climate change and herbivores on tea chemistry, and how it affects tea quality and productivity (as well as farmer livelihoods!). By integrating physiological, chemical, isotope techniques and theory, we strive to elucidate patterns, identify mechanisms, and anticipate future threats. More detailed information can be found on the laboratory website.

I am currently accepting graduate students.

Selected Professional Activities

Editorial Board for Oecologia
Associate Editor for AoB PLANTS
Director, Environmental Studies Program
Previous Chair, Plant Herbivore Interaction Gordon Research Conference

Teaching/Courses Taught

Bio 7: Environmental Biology
Bio 51: Experiments in Ecology
Bio 181: Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Bio 185: Food for All: Ecology, Biotechnology and Sustainability
Bio 244: Evolutionary Ecology